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  • Contributor Biographies

Sharada Balachandran Orihuela is assistant professor of English and comparative literature at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is currently completing a book manuscript titled Undocumented: Piracy and Personhood in Hemispheric American Literature, which examines illegal market transactions in late eighteenth- to early twentieth-century transnational American literature and argues that piratic behaviors are critical in the continued examination of minoritarian racial, national, and gendered identities.

Russ Castronovo is Tom Paine Professor of English and Dorothy Draheim Professor of American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His books and edited collections include Beautiful Democracy: Aesthetics and the Anarchy of Global Culture (University of Chicago Press, 2007); Necro Citizenship: Death, Eroticism, and the Public Sphere in the Nineteenth-Century United States (Duke University Press, 2001); Fathering the Nation: American Genealogies of Slavery and Freedom (University of California Press, 1995); and The Oxford Handbook to Nineteenth-Century American Literature (Oxford University Press, 2012). His most recent book is Propaganda 1776: Secrets, Leaks, and Revolutionary Communications in Early America (Oxford University Press, 2014).

Lara Langer Cohen is assistant professor of English at Swarthmore College. She is the author of The Fabrication of American Literature: Fraudulence and Antebellum Print Culture and co-editor, with Jordan Alexander Stein, of Early African American Print Culture (both University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012).

Melissa Gniadek is lecturer in English at Rice University. Her current projects involve temporalities of settlement and the Pacific “at home” in nineteenth-century America. Her work has appeared in American Literature, the International Journal of Francophone Studies, and the Journal of New Zealand Literature. [End Page 367]

Terry Heller is Howard Hall Professor of English Emeritus at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He is the author of The Delights of Terror (University of Illinois Press, 1987) and “The Turn of the Screw”: Bewildered Vision (Twayne, 1989), and editor of Jewett’s “The Country of the Pointed Firs” and Other Fiction (Oxford University Press, 1996). His essays have appeared in Arizona Quarterly, Coe Review, Colby Quarterly, Gothic, Legacy, Mississippi Quarterly, New England Quarterly, and Thalia. He is the founder and current manager of the Internet archive the Sarah Orne Jewett Text Project.

Melissa J. Homestead, professor of English and program faculty in women’s and gender studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, specializes in women’s authorship from the early republic through the early twentieth century. She is the author of American Women Authors and Literary Property, 1822– 1869 (Cambridge University Press, 2005), co-editor of the essay collections Willa Cather and Modern Cultures (Cather Studies 9, 2011) and E. D. E. N. South-worth: Recovering a Nineteenth-Century Popular Novelist (University of Tennessee Press, 2012) and of a critical edition of Catharine Sedgwick’s 1830 novel Clarence; or, A Tale of Our Own Times (Broadview Press, 2011). She is currently at work on a book about the relationship of Willa Cather and her domestic partner and literary collaborator, Edith Lewis. Essays from this project have appeared in Western American Literature, Willa Cather: A Writer’s Worlds (Cather Studies 8), and Studies in the Novel.

Logan Scherer is a PhD candidate in English at the University of Michigan. His dissertation tells the story of late nineteenth-century New England local color women writers and their obsessions and collections.

Maria A. Windell is assistant professor of English at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is completing a manuscript titled Sentimental Diplomacy: US Literary History and the Transamerican Nineteenth Century.

Nathan Wolff is assistant professor of nineteenth-century American literature at Tufts University. His current book project, titled Fits of Reason, explores the affective intensity of the rationalist reform novels of the postbellum period. [End Page 368]



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